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DR TUMI THROWS SHADE ON GOSPEL INDUSTRY

Dr Tumi gospel music

Gospel is arguably one of South Africa’s biggest music genres at the moment, but according to one of its biggest acts, Dr Tumi, it needs to be shaken up dramatically.

Dr Tumi, who has been performing in South African gospel for longer than most of us have been walking, is extremely tired of the unoriginal sounds that are coming out of the industry. Speaking to Tshisa Live he said:

“I think that South African gospel music has come a long way, but one of things that is my personal dream is when you can go into a store to buy music. When you can go to the gospel music shelf and every album you pick up is new content, not recycled. I believe that there is still a lot of recycling that happens.”

However, he did not criticize only the gospel industry. He added that recycling is commonplace in many other genres.

“That is still my sad sore point: That there is so much recycled music in the industry. Perhaps the major record music labels believe that is what sells, but there is hope because we are doing new content and, at points, outselling the recycled content,”

Source: MTV

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The Kings Of The Weekend’s CRAZY music video now live on YouTube

The Kings Of The Weekend Crazy music video

Off the back of a highly rated exclusive premier on Trace Africa this week, Gagasi FM’s newest afternoon drive time hosts have just dropped the Crazy music video on YouTube.

Watch The Kings Of The Weekend’s Crazy music video featuring DJ Tira, Nadia Nakai and Floda here:

Known as your ultimate party starters, SA’s dynamic duo have done justice to their chart topping single Crazy with beautiful colourful visuals that match the party vibe and ragga feel of the song. Shot by Studio Space Pictures, the Crazy music video with its heavy weight features can’t help but make you dance and get into the festive season mood.

Watch the music video online and share your thoughts by tagging The Kings Of The Weekend, SPHECTACULA and DJ Naves and using the hashtag #CRAZYKOTW.

Follow The Kings Of The Weekend for an update on your favourite TV channels airing the Crazy music video and news on new music dropping soon.

You can listen to your favourite DJs every weekday 3-6pm on Gagasi 99.5 FM or stream here: http://gagasiradio.fm/

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BERITA TO HOST #KZNSTORMS BENEFIT CONCERT THIS SATURDAY

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Following devastating storms that left a lot of people stranded in KwaZulu Natal last week. Award-winning Afro Soul singer and songwriter BERITA has partnered with Almal Foundation to help raise funds, non-perishable goods, warm clothes and hygiene products for the victims affected by the #KZNSTORMS.

Date: Saturday, 21st October 2017
Time: 12am till 6pm
Location: Newtown Junction Mall
Cost: FREE

BERITA will headline the BENEFIT CONCERT and will be joined by the country’s finest DJs and live performers which include the likes of Kwesta, Tresor, Mobi Dixon and Brenda Mtambo with a special appearance by the legendary Princess of Africa Yvonne Chaka.

“I was really saddened by the KZN storms that happened last week. My thoughts are with families and students writing Matric that are the most affected at this time. My hopes are that through this Benefit Concert as a community we may come together in music and also pledging what we have to support one another,” shares BERITA.

A faith-filled spiritual artist with a wisdom so profound for his age, BERITA is more just a hit-maker but a healer through his music.

The BENEFIT CONCERT is brought to you by BERITA in association with Newtown Junction Mall, Princess of Africa Foundation, Almal Foundation and Vth Season. Many thanks to Music factory, Gear house, SA roadies, Black Motion on stage and production you can expect nothing but the best entertainment.

All proceeds from the event will go to the families most affected by the #KZNStorms in Umlazi and Malukazi. People are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable foods, hygiene products, blankets and clothes. To be collected by Almal foundation.

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Cici – I had contemplated taking my own life but God spoke to me

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After releasing her track Iqiniso with her new label Ambitiouz Entertainment in July, CiCi is back with another song that is sure to tug at the heartstrings of fans.

The singer shared a snippet of her new song Amandla Akho on social media along with a powerful message. “When I wrote this song I had contemplated taking my own life but God spoke to me and said I take you through troubled waters because I know the enemy can’t swim… if you’re going through something right now here is a message of hope,” she wrote.

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Matthew Gardiner’s music career after Idols SA

Matthew Gardiner

The Maritzburg College matriculant Matthew Gardiner always had dreams of entering Idols and walking onto the stage for his audition. Last year was affirmation that he was born to be a performer. During his Idols SA auditions last year, Matt sang Robbie Williams’ song, one of his mother’s favourite singers, in the car was when Matthew Gardiner fell in love with music and began singing.

Matthew Gardiner is a 21 year old musician from Pietermaritzburg in KZN. He was a Maritzburg College boy, and he went on to study Civil Engineering for a year at the University of Pretoria. He always wanted to be a musician but because of marks he was coaxed into studying something more “practical”. At the end of his first year of Engineering he decided that he wanted to study music and music production, as well as sound engineering.

“My mom and dad were and are incredibly supportive. In 2016, my second year out of school I entered Idols SA where I made the top 37, where after I studied music theory through Unisa for a few months where I obtained a grade 4. Currently I am studying music production and sound engineering. I started out singing when I was really young, and it started in the car while driving with my mom listening to Robbie Williams. I auditioned for the choir in grade one and I was told that I had no singing voice and I would never have one. I got bullied a little bit at that school so my parents decided to move me to a new school.” – Matt said.



Matt auditioned for the choir there where he got into it. He ended up becoming the captain of the choir there and started playing guitar when he saw his dad playing his and wanted to learn. As he got into high school, he started singing in school productions and that’s where he started to realize that playing on stage was something incredible.

In 2012 when he was in grade 10, he played his first ever “gig”, and it was opening up for Prime Circle. As time has gone on, he have had the most amazing opportunities to share stages with incredible musicians such as Matthew Mole, Majozi, Desmond and the Tutus, Shortstraw and Arno Carstens to name a few.

Speaking to Fame Africa TV, Matt said “I’ve played at a lot of cool Festivals and events such as Splashy Fen, White Mountain, Umhlanga Food and Music Festival, Pecanwood Oktoberfest, these are just a few of the amazing opportunities I’ve had. The day I realized I wanted to be a musician as my career was the day I walked onto stage for the first time opening for Prime Circle. I’m honestly so blessed to be where I am at this stage of my life in my musical journey”

Watch Matt perform Fix You by Coldplay

We asked Matt what inspires him the most and he said musically, the person who inspires him the most is Ed Sheeran. One of his biggest dreams and wishes is to open up for him one day, and to meet him and just let him know how much he has inspired him and how much he looks up to him.

“I’m also really inspired by my family, and the love and support they have for me. I won’t go into details, but I know my parents have given up a lot for myself and my siblings and I’m so grateful to have them. Something that drives me is to try and help give my parents and my family the lives they deserve and that makes me work harder.” – Matthew said.

Matt Gardiner Perform

Speaking of advice to upcoming talents, the singer said the best advice he can give to anybody who wants to be a musician, is to stop “umming and ahhing” and just go for it. Don’t give up and keep doing what makes you happy. He can guarantee your heart will be so happy. Also just play as much as you can, wherever you can.

Matt is currently busy writing songs and saving up to record his next song/songs.

“I am also putting together a portfolio to try and get signed to a label, and I’m so excited to see where the future takes my career.”

You can follow his Instagram (@matt.s.gardiner) or you can like his Facebook page “Matt Gardiner” (https://www.facebook.com/Matt.S.Gardiner/). Website is www.mattgardiner.co.za and for bookings, email [email protected].

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36 CRAZYFISTS BRINGING LANTERNS TO SOUTH AFRICA

36 CRAZYFISTS Lanterns SA Tour

Alaska’s finest 36 Crazyfists to make their South African return.

During their face-melting performance at Krank’d Up festival in 2015, front man Brock Lindow of Alaskan metal legends 36 Crazyfists promised the ravenous crowd that the band will return to our tip of Africa soon. Never letting their rabid fan base down, Brock has kept his promise and thus the band will be making their way back to South Africa in April 2018 for two exclusive club shows, namely Mercury Live in Cape Town and Rumours Rock City in Johannesburg in support of their new album, ‘Lanterns’.
“Lanterns represents the light we all seek,” explains Brock. “These songs are all about struggling to locate it and trying to find the way to move forward and get past what has mentally hampered you in your life.”

Watch 36 CRAZYFISTS’ Better to Burn

Unbridled honesty cast in unpredictable metallic soundscapes and icy melodies has defined the veteran group since its emergence in 1994. Their journey would be earmarked by classics such as 2004’s ‘A Snow Capped Romance’. The breakout album yielded the hit “Bloodwork,” which not only featured on the Resident Evil: Apocalypse Soundtrack, but also garnered a cumulative total of 7 million streams. Along the way, the boys toured with the likes of everyone from Alice In Chains and Killswitch Engage to Atreyu and Fear Factory. Most recently, 2015 saw the release of their Spinefarm debut, Time and Trauma. It crash landed at #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, a career high, and earned acclaim from Metal Injection, Blabbermouth, Loudwire, Revolver, and more. Meanwhile, the single “Also Am I” racked up over 1.3 million Spotify streams and counting.

36 CRAZYFISTS Lanterns SA Tour dates:

  • Fri, 27 April – Mercury Live, Cape Town. With support from Only Forever, De Wallen, Atlantic South.
  • Sat, 28 April – Rumours Rock City, Johannesburg. With support from Only Forever, Newtown Knife Gang, Riddlebreak.

Tickets are on sale nationwide at R380 each through www.computicket.com , as well as at Computicket outlets and Checkers stores.

36 CRAZYFISTS Lanterns SA Tour is sponsored by Monster Energy.

For more tour news, details, and giveaways, follow Turning Tricks Entertainment on Facebook and Twitter.

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Dr Malinga and Nasty C on their beef

Dr Malinga and Nasty C beef

The beef between Dr Malinga and Nasty C is over. The two artists took to Instagram to share a picture of them at last month’s GO WEST! Music Festival.

In an interview with TshisaLIVE, Dr Malinga said the feud was a “misunderstanding”. “It was a misunderstanding. I was giving my views and he was giving his. People will always misinterpret things so we spoke about it and we laughed. It wasn’t awkward at all, he didn’t duck and dive.”

The picture shows Malinga holding a bowl with the word “beef” on it and Nasty C captioned the pic “We never had any”.

Back in March, Nasty C and Dr Malinga caused a social media frenzy after they threw insults at each other on Twitter. It all started when Dr Malinga called Nasty C a “pawn shop” insinuating that the rapper’s label, Mabala Noise, had bought Nasty C’s awards. The rapper then retaliated by recording a video where he called the Via Orlando hit-maker a “103-year old f*** gimmick”, The feud continued when Malinga sent a string of tweets replying to the rapper’s video.

Source: Drum

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Davido Is The Most Followed Nigerian Celebrity On Instagram

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David Adedeji Adeleke, better known by his stage name Davido, is an American-born Nigerian recording artist, performer and record producer. He has hit singles like, IfFallAye and Dami Duro.

Davido, DMW frontline act, is currently Nigeria’s most followed celebrity on Instagram, with five million followers.

  • He is followed closely by Wizkid, the star boy musician who has 4 million followers.
  • Actress Funke Akindele-Bello, also known as Jenifa, follows the two musicians with 3.8 million followers.
  • Diva Tiwa Savage falls in fourth place with 3.7 million followers.
  • Don Jazzy follows closely with 3.4 million followers.
  • Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji falls in next with 3.1 million while P-Square’s Peter Okoye has three million followers.

Davido is set to take Africa for the “30 Billion Africa Tour”. He revealed this on his Instagram page with the tour starting on October 7 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The tour will also touch cities like Accra, Harare, Gaborone, Polokwane, Luanda, Maputo, Conakry and Abidjan before ending on December 27 in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Zoocci Coke Dope signs to Vth Season

Zoocci Coke Dope

Rising Hip Hop freshman, Zoocci Coke Dope, has just announced his signing to Vth Season, one of Africa’s leading Talent Management and Entertainment Marketing Agencies. Zoocci Coke Dope now joins renowned musicians and personalities such as the likes of Big Star, TRESOR, Berita, Nina Hastie and Blue Mbombo under the Vth Season umbrella.

“I’m excited to start this new venture in my career, a whole lot of hard work and sleepless nights became the fruit of my efforts. I’m mostly humbled by the support and belief from Vth Season in pursuing my dreams with me. This is like when the Cavs first signed Lebron, I’m just really happy to be a part of the team and I’m ready to take my career to the next level. I told Benza to bet on me, it’s a guaranteed flip,” shares Zoocci Coke Dope.

Steadily amassing an unwavering presence in the SA Hip Hop scene over the past year, multi-talented sound engineer, producer and musician, Zoocci Coke Dope, hasn’t gone unnoticed. Earlier this month MTV Base listed Zoocci Coke Dope as one of the Top 5 Best Trappers in SA for 2017. Zoocci Coke Dope has also been pegged by the likes of Hype Magazine and MC extraordinaire, Stogie T, as an artist to watch.

“Zoocci Coke Dope is the best producer in the game right now. We are excited to release to radio Africa wide his new single All Night Longfeaturing A-Reece, which is also a fan favourite off his Morning Star EP, to follow with some exciting visuals,” shares Raphael Benza of Vth Season.

Watch Zoocci Coke Dope’s Morning Star documentary here: 

“Zoocci Coke Dope is an artist that I have watched closely for almost a year now. For such a young artist he possesses a very mature talent and musical ability that will definitely take him far in the industry. We at Vth Season look forward to honing his star power and developing him into one of SA’s greatest musical producing acts the country has seen in a very long time,” further shares Raphael Benza of Vth Season.

Keep posted to Zoocci Coke Dope on social media to follow his new journey with Vth Season and look out for new music from him to be released very soon.

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Rapper Siya “Slikour” Metane ties the knot

Slikour white wedding

Former Skwatta Kamp member Siyabonga “Slikour” Metane married his sweetheart Melissa Wilkinson in a beautiful wedding ceremony.

Slikour wedding

The wedding took place over the weekend. The guests included Metane’s long-time friends such as fellow rapper Lebo “Shugasmakx” Mothibe and Amukelani “Amu” Tshawane. According to TimesLive, the rapper proposed to Wilkinson in February 2016. Describing her as “the love of his life”, Metane said marrying his longtime girlfriend was a journey that he had to undergo.

Melissa Wilkinson

“It is what it is. I have to be a man and go down this path because it is the right thing to do. The lifestyle of a musician makes it difficult to commit sometimes, but I know that this is what I have to do. This is my duty and it is a duty of love‚” Slikour told TimesLive. The couple held a traditional ceremony in May.

Speaking about his love for Wilkinson, the rapper said: “There are so many things that I love about her. If I had to sit down and reflect on all of them, I just see the essence of love in everything‚”

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